About the Author

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, health, and medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with some of the online health world’s most high-profile players. While Alison has written about virtually everything health-related, from arthritis to zoster, her main passion is helping people better understand mental illness. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses frequently lack the strength and resources to make sure their stories are heard and their suffering treated. They frequently become relegated to life’s margins, and everyone misses out on their potential contributions to a more caring and inclusive society. In that light, Palkhivala has worked with Belvoir on educational materials about depression and anxiety. She is also developing books about palliative care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison is active in her professional community and is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Alison’s non-professional time is largely taken up with family life. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children’s school and with various local charitable endeavors. Her meager free time is spent reading and looking for lakes to swim in. She also enjoys the occasional Netflix marathon and playing Civilization on her Smartphone, to her family’s ongoing chagrin.

Articles by Alison Palkhivala

What Is Psychotic Depression?

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What Is Psychotic Depression?

From time to time, we hear stories in the news of formerly good mothers “snapping” and injuring or even killing their children. These are examples of women suffering from episodes of psychotic depression. Obviously, this is a severe condition that requires prompt medical intervention.
Defining Psychotic Depression
People who are depressed may

Gender Differences in Depression

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Gender Differences in Depression

Am I depressed? That question is posed somewhere in the world countless times each day. Even though depression is widespread and considered a serious condition, it can manifest very differently in men and women.

While most statistics indicate that depression occurs twice as frequently in women as men, some experts suspect

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

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What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

It’s important to realize that anxiety isn’t “all in your head.” That is, people who suffer from anxiety aren’t simply choosing to avoid certain situations or activities because they have convinced themselves they’ll be unpleasant. So… what does anxiety mean? And what does anxiety feel like?

Anxiety actually can cause overwhelming

Depression Symptoms: “Major” vs. “Persistent”

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Depression Symptoms: “Major” vs. “Persistent”

As with other mental disorders, the difference between just having a bad day, or week, or month, and truly suffering from depression is the duration of symptoms and level of impairment. As such, it helps to consider different levels and how we define them.
Depression Symptoms of MDD
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD),

How to Overcome Depression

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How to Overcome Depression

Medications are most often used to treat depression and are thought to improve mood by adjusting levels of the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that contribute to depression symptoms.
Although these drugs can be very effective at combating depression, they can have side effects. They may also interact in negative ways with other

How to Help Someone with Depression

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How to Help Someone with Depression

Your intentions are good: You want to reach out to a friend or family member who’s showing serious signs of depression. But there isn’t always an easy answer for what to say, which actions to take, and, generally, on how to help someone with depression.
Your friend may not realize